A dozen riders were stuck for more than two hours Sunday afternoon near the top of the new Superman Ultimate Flight roller coaster at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom before they were lowered safely to the ground.
The riders had been stuck on the ride in an upright position for nearly an hour before the Vallejo fire department was called, one onlooker said. Another said the ride had been closed at least temporarily for maintenance on Friday.
The new ride, which opened June 30 at the Vallejo theme park, holds two cars with six riders each.
At about 3:15 p.m. a large theme park crane equipped with a bucket was being readied to reach the riders, who at one point tried to shake the ride loose to get it started. It was not immediately clear if they tried that maneuver on their own or were told to try it. In any case, it didn't work.
At one point park employees were handing water bottles to the stranded riders. News media were gathered at the Courtyard at the Marriott across the street from the theme park to get a vantage point for the rescue attempt.
It was unclear what had happened on the ride; park personnel were able to activate it again at about 4 p.m., but lowered it on its track backwards to the ground. Six Flags spokespeople were not immediately available for comment.
The Superman Ultimate Flight is the first new coaster at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in a decade. The 60-second ride can travel at a speed of 62 mph and is